About the One Billion Trees Programme
Why, what, and how we'll plant a billion trees by 2028. Find out about the programme and what funding and grants are available.
26 March 2021 – Funding application update
We cannot accept any more One Billion Trees applications. The number of applications in progress will exceed the limit of the fund if approved.
If you have applied for funding, we will contact you to discuss your application.
Existing signed contracts will progress as scheduled.
On this page:
- One billion trees by 2028
- The tree planting mission
- Right tree, right place, right purpose
The Government has developed the One Billion Trees Programme to increase tree planting across New Zealand. The goal is to double the current planting rate to reach one billion trees planted by 2028.
The programme has the potential to deliver huge benefits for our environment, our people, our communities, and our economy.
The focus is on making it easier to plant the right tree, in the right place, for the right purpose.
We want to see trees integrated into the landscape to complement and diversify our existing land uses, rather than see large-scale land conversion to forestry. We want to see innovative ideas, research, and sector development that will improve the way we plant and grow trees.
To transform New Zealand's forests in a way that improves our environment, social outcomes for our people, and economic performance in our regions.
We'll do this by:
- protecting and improving our soil, water quality, and other natural resources
- helping New Zealand meet its international climate change commitments
- increasing biodiversity and enhancing natural landscapes
- providing opportunities for Māori to maximise the potential of their land and resources
- providing employment and training opportunities
- building sustainable regional economic growth
- supporting tourism and infrastructure development.
The One Billion Trees Programme isn't just about numbers. We want to make sure the right trees are planted in the right places for the right purpose.
We want to encourage both permanent and plantation forests made up of exotic and native tree species. The programme encourages the planting of native species to improve biodiversity.
We want to see trees integrated into the landscape to complement and diversify our existing land uses, rather than see large-scale land conversion to forestry. We also want the trees planted to be suitable for the site and their intended use. To do this we need to align tree planting with local land-use and planting priorities and strategies.
We want to make sure tree planting is well planned and considers the long-term maintenance and end-use of the trees. Commercial viability for production forests and protection for permanent forests should be thought through before planting. We also want to make sure plantings take local social, environmental, cultural, and economic priorities into account.
Decision papers and reports about the programme
One Billion Trees Programme: Cabinet paper [PDF, 5.4 MB]
Minute of Cabinet decision [PDF, 1.4 MB]